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Lost and Found: Indiana Road Trips

When city-dwellers dream of the simple life, what they imagine are the petite gems of Indiana’s countryside. And it turns out these places are even prettier, the people friendlier, and the autumn leaves more colorful in real life. It’s honest-to-God Americana—only small. You have to look for it (as we did on these five trips). But don’t worry, you’ll find it. Just be sure to drive slowly, or you might blink and—well, you know.

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Best Laid Plans: 12 Tips on Running a Chicken Coop

Having a backyard chicken coop is no flight of fancy. Here’s everything you need to know to keep your flock happy and healthy—and all of your eggs in one basket.

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Haute Water: Celebrity Designer Jason Wu's Indy Connection

Editor’s Note, Jan. 22, 2013: Four years after he skyrocketed into the fashion world’s very public conscience, Jason Wu—or his design, at least—returned to the U.S. presidential inauguration, again on the form of First Lady Michelle Obama. See here his rise to fame, largely by way of fashion-forward faucets and, yes, clothing the stylish wife of the leader of the free world.

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Best Gift Shops

Find the best picks for the book-club member, the city-chic niece, the snowboarding son, the choosy mother-in-law, and the domestic-goddess pal in your midst.

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Lil Bub the Web-Sensation Cat Pairs with Oliver Winery

If you’ve wanted to meet Lil Bub, the famed “perma-kitten” with tens of thousands of followers across social networks, you may be in for a special treat.

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Into the Woods: Three Mainstay Eateries

Ah, Brown County. We always know just what to expect: the gorgeous autumn colors, the woodsy hikes, the rolling hills…

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Story Inn: Middle of Nowhere, But Worth the Drive

Any night of the week, we can find a great Indy restaurant, but when we crave an experience—a special place with an inspired menu and atmosphere to spare—we’re willing to hit the road.

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Five Great Brown County Restaurants

BIG WOODS BREWING CO. You can follow the pointing finger signs around Nashville to this brewpub that taps seven craft beers and a root beer. It is not difficult to find …

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Live Studio Audience: Watching Artists at Work

Today, the creative types who carry on his legacy are bound together in more than spirit: They have organized a self-guided studio tour known as

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Monroe Doctrine: Mighty Fine Bluegrass Pickin'

Bill Monroe sang fondly of Kentucky, the state of his birth, and made its blue moon famous. So it was quite a tribute to Indiana that the

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Hello, Old Paint: Visiting the Studio of a Famous Hoosier Painter

When T.C. Steele, granddaddy of the original artists’ community of Brown County, first took his new wife there, he warned her not to put

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Now Hear This: Live Music in "Little" Nashville

The 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille. Overlooking the Salt Creek golf course, this man cave is where buds meet to drink

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Wanna Bed? Three Super Sleepovers

At some country getaways, “rustic” is code for mildew in the shower, “secluded” means covered in spider webs, and

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Cabin in the Woods

I came to Brown County the way many of us who live here did—first for a day, then for a weekend, now for good. My husband

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Black Beauty: A Contemporary Cabin Deep in Brown County

In one’s imagination, every twisty gravel road in Brown County leads to a log cabin like Lynn Smith’s: tidy and fetching, rustic yet polished, just right for a game of checkers on the porch.

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